How to Reduce Winter Allergens in Your Hagerstown Home

While we normally associate allergy season in Hagerstown with spring when the flowers bloom, the dry air in the winter can also cause different kinds of irritations. But there are a few things that you can do in your home in Hagerstown to reduce the impact that winter allergies have on your household. Here are a few ideas we put together.

What Are Winter Allergens

Winter is often a break from seasonal allergies. But the winter offers different kinds of allergens which are normally attributed to the dry air.

Dust – Dust is the breeding ground for dust mites. When the air dries out, the droppings from these tiny creatures can become air born and cause allergies to flare up.

Pet Dander – The dried skin flakes from indoor pets can also dry out and start to float through the air.

How to Reduce the Presence of Winter Allergens

There are a few things that you can do to lower the amount of allergens that are in your Hagerstown home during the winter.

Wash your bedding in hot water and dry on a cycle every two weeks. This will help kill dust mites that are living in your bedding.

Have your winter apparel—like jackets, scarves and sweaters—dry cleaned before you take them out of storage.

Get rid of indoor plants. Not only can they breed mold, but they can also breed other kinds of indoor insects. If you get plastic plants for your home, be sure to dust them regularly.

Instead of sweeping, vacuum regularly. Make sure you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help trap as much dust, pollen, dander and contaminants as possible.

Ongoing Solutions

In addition to the easy solutions that I just mentioned, there are a number of more long-term solutions if your allergies persist.

Replace your carpet with wood flooring. The fibers of your rugs or carpet can trap allergens and release them when you walk over them.

Humidity, ventilation and air quality control systems. These types of systems work with your central heating and air conditioning system to make sure that your home has the cleanest air possible.

If you have any questions about the air quality in your home in Hagerstown, call Larry & Sons today. We are passionate about making sure that our customers are comfortable in their homes.

 

Frederick Air Quality Tip: How to Reduce Dust in Your Home

Dust can be an irritant for some people who suffer from allergies and asthma. It can also carry harmful bacteria and viruses. We put together a quick list of some strategies that can help you control the dust levels in your home.  Some of these are pretty easy and others require the services of a Frederick air quality professional.

Vacuum Thoroughly

Vacuuming your house regularly and thoroughly is a terrific way to get rid of dust. Dust naturally settles on anything that it touches and your floor is no exception. If you can, use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. This will make sure that more contaminants and dust are trapped in your vacuum.

Manage Your Textiles

A big part of your dust is the result of the natural breakdown of the clothing, bedding, furniture and drapes. All of these textiles break apart and release tiny shreds of material into the air. Managing these items is a great way to reduce dust. You should wash your bedding once a week. The collect a lot of dust over time and washing them will remove that.  Also, using leather furniture as opposed to couches and chairs covered with fabric will also reduce the amount of dust created in your home. Another good idea is to beat or vacuum your cushions and rugs once a month.

Upgrade Your Home’s Air Filtration System

There are a number of great products on the market that are specifically designed to improve that air quality in your home. If you have a duct system in your home then your air handler most likely has an air filter in it already. However, this filter is not typically designed to improve air quality. It’s usually there to keep large pieces of dust or dirt from building up on the moving parts in the handler. Installing a separate air filtration system can potentially decrease the amount of dust and allergens that are in your home. These systems use a series of high quality filters and ultra-violet light to trap dust, pollen and pet dander and also kill bacteria, viruses, and mold spores.

If you have any questions or concerns about the air quality in your home in Frederick, call the specialists at Larry & Sons. Our technicians have years of experience working with all kinds of  indoor air quality issues and can answer any questions you might have.

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